Alpine bound

When I was first offered the opportunity to head out to Briançon in the French Alps for fieldwork in September I immediately jumped at the idea. I love fieldwork, especially in places like the Alps! It got even better when I found out that I could add a climbing trip on as it made no difference to the university if I flew out a week early, then returned a few days late.

Well organised kit whilst packing tonight
Well organised kit whilst packing tonight

So anyway I doubt I’ll be posting too regularly whilst I’m out and about but I can promise a combination of interesting climbing and geology posts from this trip on my return:)


Shaftoe Bouldering

Headed up to Shaftoe in Northumberland on Tuesday evening trying to make the most out of the decent weather and light evenings as the nights start to draw in.

Pete on Soft Centre, Shaftoe
Pete on Soft Centre
Me on Sloper masterclass, Shaftoe
Me on Sloper Masterclass

The rock at Shafoe climbs quite differently to other venues in Northumberland in that its much more rough than the sandstone found at places like Bowden Doors and Kyloe (in and out). Its still a sandstone but with a definite feel of grit about it, similar to the rock at places like The Slipstones down in Yorkshire.The rock on the problems generally has brilliant friction and is of good quality, quite different from the much finer, softer sandstone found at nearby Corby’s

The coarse fluvial Sandstone at Shaftoe
The coarse fluvial Sandstone at Shaftoe

In terms of the geology of this rougher sandstone is believed to be a fluvial deposit. This means that it is a sedimentary rock produced by a river, and is slightly younger than the Fell Sandstone which makes up Bowden and Kyloe.

Pete on Hound Dog, Shaftoe
Pete on Hound Dog
Me on Soft Centre, Shaftoe
Me on Soft Centre

Hamsterley Forest

Apologies for the lack of geology here just a few photos from a ride at Hamsterley forest at the weekend…

Also has anyone got any tips for taking photos of fast moving things like bikes? My camera (Pentax M60 compact) seems to take ages to respond then you miss the thing that you are trying to capture?

Typical North East Desolate Waseland
Typical Desolate North East Waseland scenery on Root 666
Drop off on Brain Freeze
Drop off on Brain Freeze. The Berm doesn’t seem to quite line up with the drop off…
Hamsterley Trails
Hamsterley Trails
North Shore on the Skills loop
North Shore on the Skills loop
The ground is hard...
The ground is hard…
Root 666
Root 666

All the stuff we went on can be found on either the red trail or the black trail.